Tinkgineer Comment Policy

The Tinkgineer blog is all about tinkering with many different hobbies, disciplines, and skillsets. The wide range of topics are often new to readers, and to the Tinkgineer. Visitors to this site should not be afraid to leave comments with noob questions. Pedantic or semantic comments don't add to a discussion, but only embarrass other users.

Keep it civil aka don’t be a jerk

We’re going to get into the thick of a lot of heated discussions and that’s okay. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately defend. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to remember to criticize ideas, not people.

So, remember to avoid:

  • name-calling
  • ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • knee-jerk contradiction

Comments that we find to be hateful, inflammatory, or harassing may be removed. If you don’t have something nice to say about another user, don't say it. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.

Always strive to add value to every interaction and discussion you participate in

There are a lot of discussions that happen every day on Disqus. Before joining in a discussion, browse through some of the most recent and active discussions happening in the community, especially if you’re new there.

If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

Keep it tidy

Help make moderators’ lives easier by taking a moment to ensure that what you’re about to post is in the right place. That means:

  • don’t post off-topic comments or discussions: make sure your comment is relevant to the article
  • don’t cross-post the same thing multiple times

If you see something, say something

Moderators are at the forefront of combatting spam, mediating disputes and enforcing community guidelines and, so are you.

If you see an issue flag any comments for review. If you believe someone has violated the Basic Rules, report it to Disqus by flagging the user's profile.